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Difference between Be under the cat’s paw and Make a cat’s paw of someone

be under the cat’s paw—live under the control of some domineering person:

  • She might claim adulthood in every sense of the word…. She would no longer be under the cat’s paw of her stepmother.

make a cat’s paw of someone—make another person a tool or instrument to accomplish one’s own purpose:

  • She simply made a cat’s-paw of you, Basil. I can see it now, darling, I did not then.